Longoria wants to know why the Giants, Dodgers play in the NLDS

The fact that the 107 victory San Francisco Giants have to play the 106-game Los Angeles Dodgers so early in the postseason does not fit well with the Giants’ third baseman Evan Longoria.

While speaking to reporters on Thursday, Longoria expressed a sentiment shared by many observers: MLB should change its post-season format.

“I feel like this could also be like a series or a moment where baseball might have to think about restructuring the way the playoffs take place,” he said. “106 and 107 victories do not feel like one [divisional series] matchup, you know? Especially because the season is so long for two teams to win so many games and then one of those to go home so early. ”

When Longoria was asked how he would restructure the playoffs if he had the power to do so, he mentioned expanding the number of teams in the playoffs and relegating the playoff teams based on regular season records.

“I’m always in favor of having more teams in the playoffs. I think it engages more fan bases,” he said. “I mean, of course we’ve had those discussions with the league before, and that’s something I think is potentially always on the table. But it seems like a sort of ranking based on wins, and I know everything it takes to adapt. divisions. “

During the shortened 2020 season, 16 of the league’s 30 teams ended up joining the playoffs, and it looks like the post-season will be extended next season when the new collective bargaining agreement enters into force.


One reportedly popular proposal expands the playoffs from 10 teams to 14 teams, with three division winners and four wild card teams in each league. Under that proposal, the team with the best record in each league will have a first-round farewell, and the remaining six teams will play against each other in a three-game Wild Card series, with the other two division winners and the best Wild Card team being hosted all three matches.

This proposal also allows division winners to pick their Wild Card opponents, which would be a potent spicy wrinkle to say the least.

If this post-season format had been adopted for the 2021 season, the Giants would have a first round, while the Brewers, Braves and Dodgers would all host the Wild-Card series in three games. Brewers, as the highest seeded division winner (besides the Giants), would choose which of the Cardinals, the Reds or Phillies, they prefer to face. The Braves would get the second pick, and which team is not selected (probably the Cardinals) would face the Dodgers, the best Wild Card team.

However, such a proposal would still end up with the top-seeded giants facing the Dodgers in the NLDS, provided the Los Angeles beat the Cardinals in a three-game series. The only ways to prevent the Giants and Dodgers from facing each other in the NLDS would be re-sowing based on regular season records, or letting the Giants pick their opponent after the Wild Card round.

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